With the release of Blackout and All Clear, there are now four books and one short story in the Oxford Time Travel series. Here’s what to look for and where to find them.
Fire Watch – Short story set during the Blitz with Mr. Bartholomew, an Oxford historian from the mid 2100s, travelling back in time to be part of the Fire Watch at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It also introduces Kivrin and Mr. Dunworthy.
“Fire Watch” was first published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Feb 1982, is reprinted in the collection Fire Watch (first published by St Martin’s Press in 1985), reprinted in the Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories collection from Subterranean Press in 2008, and in a limited hardcover by WSFA press in 2010. It won the 1982 Nebula and 1983 Hugo awards for best novelette.
Doomsday Book – Novel released in 1992 telling the story of Oxford Historian Kivrin Engle’s trip to the middle ages, where time travel slippage causes her to be in the middle of the Black Death epidemic in 1348. This is the first appearance of Colin.
Doomsday Book has seen an Easton Press edition as well as a SFBC 50th Anniversary Edition. It won the Nebula Award for best novel in 1993 and tied with Vernor Vinge’s Fire Upon the Deep for for the Hugo Award for Best novel in 1993. More information can be found on the Wikipedia page for the story.
To Say Nothing of the Dog: How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last – Novel released in 1998, which has a much lighter tone than Doomsday Book, and follows the adventures of Oxford historian Ned Henry, who is tasked to retrieve the Bishop’s Bird Stump from Coventry Cathedral before it was destroyed. For a full plot summary, check out the Wikipedia page on the novel.
To Say Nothing of the Dog won the Best Novel Hugo Award, a Locus Award and was nominated for the Nebula Award. It has also be released in an Easton Press edition.
Blackout/All Clear – The recently released novel following three historians travelling back to the time of World War II to observe the “contemps” on the home front. Things start to go wrong and they all discover their drops are not functioning and have to work together to survive and figure out a way to get back home.
This story was intended to be a single novel, called All Clear, but kept growing as the scope expanded over several years of work. It was determined that it should be split into two volumes, Blackout and All Clear, both released in 2010. Connie Willis has indicated it should be considered one novel, not a duology.
Both Blackout and All Clear have been released in signed limited editions by Subterranean Press. More details can be found on their respective Wikipedia entries (Blackout, All Clear). How the novel(s) do with the various awards will be determined in 2011.